Transcript: SFFWRTCHT 2/18/15 With Alethea Kontis

Transcripts-flatAletheaKontis: Casey just read her letter from me on @DearTeenMe . I’m trying to stop crying before #sffwrtcht starts. *sniffle* http://t.co/WfzfStl9FT (Thu Feb 19 01:57:48 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Forthcoming Guests 3/ 4 Karen Junker/@CascadeWriters 3/18 Robin Wayne Bailey 4/1 Jack Campbell/@JohnGHemry & More every 2 weeks #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 01:58:50 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: Forthcoming Guests 3/ 4 Karen Junker/@CascadeWriters 3/18 Robin Wayne Bailey 4/1 Jack Campbell/@JohnGHemry & More every 2 weeks #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 01:58:50 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Writer’s Chat. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 01:59:55 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: @sffwrtcht I have been provided AN ENTIRE BOX by @tinytempest :-) (Thu Feb 19 02:00:31 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Our goal is to talk w/ writers, editors, & others abt the craft of writing, specifically related to writing speculative fiction. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:00:34 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Our format is round table interview. Please restrict ?s to writing craft, business of writing & the specific works of the guest. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:00:42 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Please wait until your question gets answered to ask another & use the hashtag #sffwrtcht for all questions and comments. (Thu Feb 19 02:00:58 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: *WAVES TO EVERYONE ON #SFFWRTCHT * *glitterbombs* (Thu Feb 19 02:01:06 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: We may hold questions at times to allow our guest to answer and catch up. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:01:12 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Tonight’s guest @AletheaKontis is the New York Times Bestselling author of children’s and young adult books #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:01:26 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @AletheaKontis Welcome to our own little crazy corner! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:02:00 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Including Enchanted & Hero, the 1st 2 books in her Woodcutter Sisters series of fantasy fairy tale romance & the latest, DEAREST #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:02:03 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: A student of Andre Norton and Orson Scott Card, she lives and writes in Florida near Cape Canaveral. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:02:13 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Her other books include THE WONDERLAND ALPHABET, BEAUTY & DYNAMITE, DIARY OF A MAD SCIENTIST GARDEN NOME #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:02:29 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: THE MONSTER AND MRS. BLAKE, THE UNICORN TREE, THE WITCH OF BLACK MOUNTAIN, SMALL MAGICS and TWISTED TALES in 66 WORDS #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:02:40 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: I’m done yelling now. Her short fiction can be found in many anthologies like ELEMENTAL, DARK FAITH, APEXOLOGY and more. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:02:50 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Also INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW and other zines online and off. #sffwrtcht(Thu Feb 19 02:02:59 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: She can be found online at http://t.co/7nnDBCS4An, Facebook and Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:03:10 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Please refer to her as “Princess” and never make eye contact #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:03:18 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Welcome to #sffwrtcht Princess @AletheaKontis. Where’d your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from, your highness? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:03:32 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I AM UBIQUITOUS. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:03:51 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: My love of all the genres comes from fairy tales…really, all the stories my dad read to me as a baby. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:04:51 +0000 2015)

sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Who were/are some of your favorite authors and inspirations? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:05:08 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Fairy tales are romance, mystery, fantasy, adventure, horror….ALL THE AMAZING THINGS. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:05:29 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: .@BryanThomasS I must say the title DIARY OF A MAD SCIENTIST GARDEN GNOME just makes me want to read it! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:05:39 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn Totally forgot to remind you. Nice to see you #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:06:12 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I heart @robinmckinley Lloyd Alexander, Diana Wynne Jones, Voltaire, David Sedaris, Tamora Pierce…SO MANY AUTHORS. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:06:27 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis When did you decide to pursue writing? And did you study formally in school, learn as you went, etc.? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:06:38 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: .@AletheaKontis Tamora is my buddy. We have so much fun at cons together. A true sweetheart! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:07:03 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: . @Janet_K_Lee and I are working on getting DoaMSGG on sale AS WE SPEAK. We’re having an issue with the uploading. But SOON! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:07:19 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I started writing around the age of 8–I wrote a poem in school and my world just CLICKED. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:08:21 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: So you were born to it. Very cool. Same thing for me. @AletheaKontis #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:08:50 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Told my parents if the acting didn’t pan out, I could fall back on writing. (I starred in a miniseries on our local PBS station) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:08:51 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Did you play a princess per chance? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:09:20 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Mom and Dad weren’t thrilled with that career path…so I majored in Chemistry because I was a big nerd who loved science & math. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:09:29 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS I totally forgot about watching Arrow, but I managed to remember #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:10:08 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The TV show was PASS IT ALONG–I played a wood sprite named Crescent who reminded an astronaut why he loved Earth. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:10:29 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis How long did you write before making your first sale? Did you start with shorts or novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:10:30 +0000 2015)
Kate_Baker: RT @AletheaKontis: I started writing around the age of 8–I wrote a poem in school and my world just CLICKED. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:10:35 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis I bet you excelled at that. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:10:50 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: It was a great show…I still have copies. Should find a way to get PASS IT ALONG on YouTube or something. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:10:51 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I was pretty typecast as a fey. I still have the wisteria crown the crew made me to wear with my costume. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:11:48 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: RT @sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis How long did you write before making your first sale? Did you start with shorts or novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:13:53 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I never thought being a performer would inform my writing & career so much, but I look back now & realize how VITAL it is. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:14:18 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: .@AletheaKontis For me it informed my grasp of dialogue, pacing, humor and universal themes to connect with audiences #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:15:14 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis Where’d the idea for the Woodcutter Sisters series come from? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:15:34 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: When I started writing at 8, it was mostly poetry. I loved Ogden Nash, Gelett Burgess, Lewis Carroll. Poetry was my jam. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:15:43 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I wrote short stories, essays, anti-drug pamphlets, greeting cards, EVERYTHING because no one told me I couldn’t. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:16:19 +0000 2015)
LeahPetersen: RT @BryanThomasS: .@BryanThomasS I must say the title DIARY OF A MAD SCIENTIST GARDEN GNOME just makes me want to read it! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:16:26 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis And you can even now. ;) #sffwrtcht #neversayyoucant (Thu Feb 19 02:16:47 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @AletheaKontis I did the community theater / college acting / out-of-work actor in NYC thing before I got serious about writing. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:17:06 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I vowed to be pubbed (fiction) by 30. In 2006 I had “Sunday” in Realms of Fantasy- AlphaOops & Elemental also pubbed that year. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:17:19 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @talekyn @AletheaKontis You did? How did I not know that? #sffwrtcht #holdingoutonme (Thu Feb 19 02:17:33 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: When I turned 31, I hit the NYT with @kenyonsherrilyn ‘s DARK-HUNTER COMPANION. It hit #31 on the list, ironically. Twice. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:17:54 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis So it all started on Sunday…I’ve heard that before… ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:18:05 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis @kenyonsherrilyn Congrats! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:18:31 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS @AletheaKontis Clearly, I don’t talk enough when we’re hanging out together. I wonder why… #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:19:09 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The world of the Woodcutters began in “Sunday,” that original short story. I wrote it for a Codex Writers Group contest #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:19:18 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis And tell us about the sisters. They have names that follow the names of the week? #sffwrtcht Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc (Thu Feb 19 02:19:45 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I tried to shove every fairy tale & nursery rhyme knew into one story, a challenge set by fellow Codexian @EricJamesStone #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:20:06 +0000 2015)
LisaShapter: RT @AletheaKontis: The world of the Woodcutters began in “Sunday,” that original short story. I wrote it for a Codex Writers Group contest … (Thu Feb 19 02:20:47 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The Woodcutter sisters are named (& cursed) by “Monday’s Child is Fair of Face.” Kids today don’t know that rhyme. Weird! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:21:20 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Did it work? #lotsoffairytales #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:21:20 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @AletheaKontis I know it from a song. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:21:44 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: It’s actually kind of crazy how much young readers think I completely made up. These nursery rhymes & tales existed for centuries #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:22:14 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis So there are seven sisters? Are they magic? Royalty? Tell us a bit about them pls. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:22:21 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I tied for 4th place in that Codex contest because my story was 10,000 words long. @EricJamesStone won. https://t.co/lmkE1CRFYJ #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:24:14 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @AletheaKontis @EricJamesStone lures you in and beats you. Nice guy. #justkidding ;) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:24:47 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Tell about all the Woodcutter Sisters in One Tweet? But…that why I’m writing a seven book series! ;-) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:25:04 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Sunday starts the Woodcutter Sisters series because she is a 7th daughter of a 7th daughter. A bit like @orsonscottcard ‘s Alvin. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:25:42 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis You can use multiple tweets, of course. Just wanted you to tease us a bit LOL #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:25:50 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: But DID @EricJamesStone really beat me? Because I got published first. :-) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:26:26 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Saturday “works hard for a living”, and so is the sister with the sword, like Tamora Pierce’s Alanna and @robinmckinley ‘s Harry #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:27:13 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @AletheaKontis @EricJamesStone Ahhh ha revenge of a sort… #sffwrtcht Plus you sold the story. (Thu Feb 19 02:27:22 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS @AletheaKontis Why can’t I remember who sang that, Bryan? Someone well-known recorded a version. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:27:35 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Friday is “loving and giving” so she got all the romantic bird fairy tales, reminiscent of Sharon Shinn’s Samaria series. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:27:52 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Tell us about world they inhabit, Arilland et al? #sffwrtcht Was fun to get an email from Arriland today ;) #iknewwhereitwas (Thu Feb 19 02:28:47 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: And I’m writing the whole series backwards through the sisters BECAUSE I CAN. I mean, I ALREADY SCREWED UP THE ALPHABET. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:28:48 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: DEAREST is about Friday, an apprentice seamstress with a generous heart, loved by all and her love for a man cursed to be a swan #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:29:45 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The Woodcutters do have fey blood, so magic does creep up in their family in unexpected ways, which is SUPER fun. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:30:29 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The world of Arilland is like a proto-Earth, as if all the fairy tales we know today came from this one family, Once Upon a Time. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:31:02 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis It is fun and the differences are interesting too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:31:11 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I use “sent from Arilland” on my phone after a fan in 7th grade sent me an email last year with that as its tagline. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:31:49 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: And can I just say…I HAVE THE BEST FANS. Omg. So many become more than friends. They’re family. Seriously. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:32:25 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Tell us about Friday and Tristan, the prince cursed to live as a swan… #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:32:32 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: . @AletheaKontis That’s really great. Makes all the work worth it and a lot more fun. #sffwrtcht #imayhave2fans (Thu Feb 19 02:33:05 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Oh, Tristan. *sigh* I’ll be perfectly honest: Tristan is my love letter to Jonathan Brandis. I had such a crush on him. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:34:45 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Jonathan Brandis and I were the same age. I would dream about us acting together and being great friends. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:35:36 +0000 2015)
talekyn: . @AletheaKontis Have to ask my usual: does your process vary writing short stories vs. writing novels? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:35:51 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: .@AletheaKontis His is a tragic story indeed. #sffwrtcht My college buddy @OKBJGM worked with him once upon a time (Thu Feb 19 02:35:55 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I was DEVASTATED when I heard about his suicide. I was stunned at how deeply affected I was at hearing the news. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:36:13 +0000 2015)
talekyn: ” @AletheaKontis Tristan is my love letter to Jonathan Brandis. I had such a crush on him.” Oh dear lord me too! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:36:45 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Tristan was my chance to bring him back to life for one more starring role. This is the amazing power we have as writers. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:36:47 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis And you are using those powers for good. :) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:37:16 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis And then there’s Mordant and Gana. #sffwrtcht Mwuah ha ha ha #evilorganroll (Thu Feb 19 02:37:25 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: My process does not differ much between short stories & novels. Butt in Chair. End of story. Novels are just longer. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:38:02 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Mordant and Gana were inspired by “Tristan & Isolde”–I had completely forgotten about the Fata Morgana in “The Wild Swans”! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:38:59 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The fairy tales just fit together so perfectly sometimes, overlapping in so many ways it seems subconscious sometimes. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:39:33 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis It probably is subconscious. I think all writers borrow stuff from buried memories, don’t you? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:40:16 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: . @drmm01 Wednesday’s story will be my homage to Alice’s LOOKING GLASS. I am SO excited about that one! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:40:37 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis @drmm01 And what is that one called? When can we expect it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:41:02 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Do you usually start with characters, world, or plot? #sffwrtcht(Thu Feb 19 02:41:14 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The strangest part is when readers are thrilled I mentioned their favorite fairy tale, and it was a TOTAL ACCIDENT. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:41:30 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: A librarian asked me once how many fairy tale references were in Enchanted. I listened to the audio again & made a LONG list. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:42:01 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @AletheaKontis Yeah fairy tales are the pop culture references of your series for sure #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:42:26 +0000 2015)
NicChristoff: RT @AletheaKontis: The Woodcutter sisters are named (& cursed) by “Monday’s Child is Fair of Face.” Kids today don’t know that rhyme. Weird… (Thu Feb 19 02:42:32 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Big shoutout for the ENCHANTED audiobook, by the way. @katykellgren is the BEST READER EVER. I’ve listened 10x at least. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:42:38 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Tentative titles: 4 – THIEFTESS / 5 – FATED / 6 – ENDLESS / 7 – COUNTENANCE. But you know how titles change… #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:43:52 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I’d love to have them come out a year apart. Or less. We’ll see how fast I can write. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:44:22 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: @AletheaKontis Just popping in to say hi! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:44:33 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis Oh yes. So much fluidity in publishing #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:44:34 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: First, I will be doing novellas I’m calling The Trix Adventures, parallel to the series. TRIXTER will be the first! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:45:15 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I’ll be self pubbing TRIXTER…and the entire rest of the Woodcutter series. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:45:47 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Oh ok. Interesting. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:46:07 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I also reference The Last Unicorn, The Princess Bride, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Bedknobs & Broomsticks…my books are DENSE. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:47:15 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis @johnhartness is saying hi btw #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:47:19 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis They are indeed #sffwrtcht Characters, world or plot? How do they start? (Thu Feb 19 02:47:40 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I, too, am SUPER excited about Thursday’s story THIEFTESS because: PIRATES AND DRAGONS! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:48:03 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: @AletheaKontis Self-Pubbing Novellas FTW! All the cool kids are doing it these days. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:48:05 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: RT @johnhartness: @AletheaKontis Self-Pubbing Novellas FTW! All the cool kids are doing it these days. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:48:27 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I start with characters first, and dialogue. Habit of being a performer. The rest of the world falls into place w/motivation. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:49:17 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis How long does a typical novel take to write? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:49:23 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @johnhartness Thanks for joining us! FTW indeed #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:49:49 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I’ve also had a great time filming the Fairy Tale Rants vlog series while writing. It’s been a huge help, and fun! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:50:19 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Gotta skip ahead. Time’s flying! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:50:37 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What are some of the tricks and keys of language use, vocabulary, etc. for writing for younger readers well? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:50:46 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Enchanted took 5 years to write. Hero took 3 months ’cause that’s all I had. Dearest took a year. I have no average it seems. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:50:59 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis Funny how deadlines structure us in new ways… #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:51:33 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: @sffwrtcht Gotta swing by and say hello to my girl! (Thu Feb 19 02:51:35 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I’m good to hang out for a while…ask away! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:51:35 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis Cool. Thanks. So tricks and keys for writing ya then I’ll pick up with what I skipped #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:52:07 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: My trick is: I DON’T WRITE FOR YOUNGER READERS. There are SAT words in AlphaOops. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:52:10 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis I was impressed by the vocabulary and surprised at times #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:52:38 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I write for genius middle-grade kids, like I used to be. I write the books I would have loved when I was 12. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:52:43 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: Y’all head over to #sffwrtcht on the Twitter and get the latest scoop on new releases from my fave Fairy Princess @AletheaKontis! (Thu Feb 19 02:52:52 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What drew you to write for younger audiences? #sffwrtcht #youngatheart (Thu Feb 19 02:53:25 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I was shocked that Enchanted got an AR of 5.4 in Scholastic. I USE SUPER BIG WORDS. Guess 5th graders do too. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:53:40 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: RT @AletheaKontis: I write for genius middle-grade kids, like I used to be. I write the books I would have loved when I was 12. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:54:08 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis I imagine it’s changed since we were kids. #Iamolderanway #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:54:12 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I didn’t set out to be a picture book author, that opportunity just fell out of the sky first. And I took it, shamelessly. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:54:51 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Do you outline or pants it? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:55:18 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: But I was a children’s librarian for a while…I loved that job so much. Story times, puppet shows, papier mache solar systems… #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:55:27 +0000 2015)
DelilahSDawson: RT @johnhartness: Y’all head over to #sffwrtcht on the Twitter and get the latest scoop on new releases from my fave Fairy Princess @Alethe… (Thu Feb 19 02:55:40 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I think I was always destined to write juvenile fiction. But smart, subversive stuff, like my literary heroes. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:56:03 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis I wrote one MG chapter book. I’d love to do more and a picture book too. #sffwrtcht Cowrote one with my poodle in fact (Thu Feb 19 02:56:07 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I know where I’m going, but I leave room for surprises. About 1/2 through I layout bullet points to the end. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:56:40 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What was your path to publication like? How did you wind up with @Harcourt? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:57:01 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: But I ALWAYS leave how I’m going to kill the bad guy until last. Not on purpose, it just happens that way and I’m like, “OH CRAP” #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:57:13 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: .@AletheaKontis You know, I do that too, and sometimes I find I write that section slower as a result of sorting it out #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:57:59 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Getting picture books published by NY is nigh impossible. You’re up against Jamie Lee Curtis and Julie Andrews. I’m REALLY lucky. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:58:04 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: And @AletheaKontis smashes my dream… ;) #knifethroughtheheart #sffwrtcht #woeisme (Thu Feb 19 02:58:46 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Path to publication: longer than 1 tweet. I pubbed with Candlewick, Tor, St. Martin’s, Apex, Archaia, and THEN Harcourt. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 02:58:57 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I AM A DREAM SMASHER. Part of the princess job description. But there are also bubbles. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:00:15 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What was your first pro book sale and to whom? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:00:24 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: My first publication (AlphaOops) was a Cinderella story. I’ve been trudging uphill ever since. It’s tough out there right now. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:01:10 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis Yes it is. Do you use Scrivener or other “writing software tools”? Write to music? Any rituals? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:01:26 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: The economy and the government shutdown almost KILLED my career. Twice. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:01:35 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I started using Scrivener with Dearest…I found I love it for revising. Beyond that I go back to Word. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:02:42 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What’s your writing time look like–specific block? Write til you reach word count? Grab it when you can? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:02:54 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @AletheaKontis Interesting. I use it for first draft and revise in Word. heh #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:03:14 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I love to write in silence, on a chaise lounge, with a hot tea and a glass of water next to me. AND HOW OFTEN DOES THAT HAPPEN? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:03:23 +0000 2015)
Wyld_Dandelyon: .@AletheaKontis And here I thought you were a dream peddler with glitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:03:28 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @Wyld_Dandelyon Oh hey, stranger #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:03:53 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever gotten? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:04:08 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: My life has been in upheaval the past 12 months, but I am settling back into WRITING EVERY WAKING HOUR. Gods, I’ve missed it. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:04:14 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: RT @Wyld_Dandelyon: .@AletheaKontis And here I thought you were a dream peddler with glitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:04:28 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I AM ALSO A DREAM PEDDLER WITH GLITTER. I am all sorts of things, all of them terrible and beautiful and magical. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:05:02 +0000 2015)
rachelcaine: RT @AletheaKontis: I think I was always destined to write juvenile fiction. But smart, subversive stuff, like my literary heroes. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:05:20 +0000 2015)
BryanThomasS: @AletheaKontis I think 2014 was chaotic for a lot of us. I just got back to daily writing too. #sffwrtcht #thankgod (Thu Feb 19 03:05:52 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Better than the advice was the look @orsonscottcard gave me, like “Why are you asking me stupid questions about workshops?” #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:06:08 +0000 2015)
rachelcaine: You guys, @AletheaKontis is just killing it tonight on the #sffwrtcht tonight! Go read the tag! (Thu Feb 19 03:06:09 +0000 2015)
Wyld_Dandelyon: Hi @BryanThomasS ! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:06:32 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: After Boot Camp, @orsonscottcard went from being my teacher to being my peer. He has always been kind to me and generous. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:07:02 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Man…if I got any bad writing advice, I think I just ignored it. I’m a stubborn Capricorn. :-) #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:07:42 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@orsonscottcard has been the same to me as an anthologist and his teaching has always drawn raves #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:07:44 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis What future projects are you working on that we can look forward to? #sffwrtcht Novellas, more Woodcutter books… (Thu Feb 19 03:07:55 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Please `Like� our Facebook group: http://t.co/tFOTDqY6 #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:08:06 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: In 2 weeks on 3/4, join us as @CascadeWriters joins us to share about writing workshops in the Northwest & more at 9 pm ET live. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:08:23 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: 2014 was my Year of Death and Sadness. I miss @jay_lake & @eugiefoster & @FredGrimm and my nephew Josh…it still hurts. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:08:41 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @rachelcaine @johnhartness Love to have you chat with us sometime too. Thanks for dropping in #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:08:48 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: .@AletheaKontis @jay_lake was a good friend to many of us. Still coming to terms with that loss. #sffwrtcht Heard good things abt the othrs (Thu Feb 19 03:09:33 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Forthcoming Guests 3/ 4 Karen Junker/@CascadeWriters 3/18 Robin Wayne Bailey 4/1 Jack Campbell/John Hemry & More every 2 weeks #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:09:47 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I’m working on: Trixter, and a trilogy of New Adult contemporary romance short novels, set in Sand Point Florida. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:09:53 +0000 2015)
talekyn: RT @rachelcaine: You guys, @AletheaKontis is just killing it tonight on the #sffwrtcht tonight! Go read the tag! (Thu Feb 19 03:10:15 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I’m writing the romance novels because @JudeDeveraux1 TOLD ME TO. Who says no to Jude Deveraux? NOT ME. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:10:21 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @AletheaKontis Ah yes, so jealous of you. Florida is my fav vacation spot. And to live where I could watch launches… #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:10:36 +0000 2015)
talekyn: @BryanThomasS @AletheaKontis Me three. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:10:38 +0000 2015)
AuthorUniverse: RT @rachelcaine: You guys, @AletheaKontis is just killing it tonight on the #sffwrtcht tonight! Go read the tag! (Thu Feb 19 03:11:07 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Find @AletheaKontis online at http://t.co/7nnDBCS4An, Facebook and Twitter. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:11:16 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: Also pubbing Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome and filming more Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:11:17 +0000 2015)
talekyn: Been a real pleasure talking to, and listening to, @AletheaKontis on #sffwrtcht tonight. (Thu Feb 19 03:11:26 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: @AletheaKontis babygirl I know what you mean, but we made it through 2014 & here’s to an amazeballs 2015! #sffwrtcht. (Thu Feb 19 03:11:53 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: I love living on the Space Coast. Launches are amazing. I follow @NASA to know why my windows are shaking. #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:12:00 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: Her latest is DEAREST from @HMHCo #ya #fantasy #romance Fairy tales. Such fun! Available everywhere #sffwrtcht Also ENCHANTED & HERO (Thu Feb 19 03:12:00 +0000 2015)
bobcorrigan: Hi everyone! I’ve been toying with an urban fantasy that combines magic, flea markets and mystery, but is the theme played out? #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:12:03 +0000 2015)
rachelcaine: @sffwrtcht Would love to sometime! :) Thanks for asking! You can hit me up at rachelcainewriter(at)gmail(dot)com (Thu Feb 19 03:12:21 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: THANK YOU #SFFWRTCHT !! This has been SUPER fun. Hope you guys had a great time!! xoxox (Thu Feb 19 03:12:37 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: We did. Thanks for making time to chat @AletheaKontis and continued success. Really enjoy your work! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:13:13 +0000 2015)
johnhartness: @sffwrtcht I’m usually free Wed. nights. Book me whenever it’s convenient. I’ll pimp the hell out of it. :) (Thu Feb 19 03:13:16 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website by Friday.http://t.co/sNNDnxxwod Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:13:22 +0000 2015)
AletheaKontis: RT @sffwrtcht: A transcript for this chat will be up at the website by Friday. http://t.co/sNNDnxxwod Thanks for joining us! #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:14:04 +0000 2015)
sffwrtcht: @johnhartness Ok. I’ll be in touch with you both soon @rachelcaine I am booked through May #sffwrtcht (Thu Feb 19 03:14:06 +0000 2015)

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